Surrounded by his family, Herbert S. Arm, M.D., of Southold passed away Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2011, at age 76 from respiratory complications following a battle with lymphoma.
A loving husband, brother, father, uncle and grandfather, Dr. Arm leaves behind Geraldine (née Nelson), his beloved wife of 44 years, five sons and seven grandchildren: Douglas (married to Ann, daughter Nichole and son Joshua), Steven (married to Anji, daughters Allisyn and Josie), Craig (married to Kerri, daughter Riley), Brian (married to Desiree, daughters Victoria and Elizabeth) and Eric (married to Stephanie). In addition, he leaves behind a brother, Robert (married to Randy), and numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brother Michael.
Born in the Bronx in 1935 to Julius and Anne Arm, he graduated from New York University in 1956, spent a year at the University of Miami for graduate studies, and received his M.D. from the University of Bologna Medical School in 1962. During and after medical school, from 1960 through 1966, he served as a captain in the U.S. Army Medical Corps. Back in New York, he completed his residency at Nassau, North Shore and Meadowbrook hospitals. Dr. Arm started his medical practice in Hempstead in 1966.
In 1965, Dr. Arm met “the girl of his dreams,” Geri, and they married in 1967. He and his family moved to Southold in 1974, where he practiced internal medicine and took primary call at Eastern Long Island Hospital until 1999. His dedication to and care for his patients and the community was only surpassed by his love for his family.
After retirement, Dr. Arm remained active for several years as school physician for Southold and Greenport schools and, more recently, dispensed unofficial medical advice to former patients from behind the counter at Hart’s Hardware.
A longtime Islanders and Yankees fan, as well as a model railroad enthusiast from childhood, he enjoyed spending time constructing elaborate model train layouts in his basements, and over the past summer volunteered at the Railroad Museum of Long Island in Greenport. An avid reader of World War II history, he also spent time recreating models of military scenes and vessels. His replica of a World War II aircraft carrier, a diorama of the D-Day invasion of Normandy, a model of a B-17 bomber and other models are on display at the Aviation Museum in Farmingdale and various sites around Long Island. Additional interests included restoring classic sports cars; boating and fishing; recreating classic Italian cuisine, which he learned in medical school, for his family; supporting his children’s many sports and musical activities; and spending time with his grandchildren.
His family asks that memorials in Dr. Arm’s honor be made to Eastern Long Island Hospital, 201 Manor Place, Greenport, NY 11944.
Dr. Arm’s life touched many, and he will be sadly missed by his family, friends and all who knew him.
This is a paid notice.